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Half-Price Certification Written Exam Offered at Institute for Supply Management™ 90th Annual International Supply Management Conference

FOR RELEASE: December 21, 2004

CONTACT: Jean McHale
  ISM Public Relations
  800/888-6276 ext. 3143
  jmchale@ism.ws

TEMPE, Ariz., December 21, 2004 — Supply management professionals can optimize time and travel resources by registering for the Institute for Supply Management™ (ISM) 90th Annual International Supply Management Conference and Educational Exhibit, May 8-11, 2005, in San Antonio and taking advantage of half-price certification exams. Candidates for the Certified Purchasing Manager (C.P.M.) written examination can take one, two, or up to three exam modules for half-price when they register for either the complete Conference or a two-day pre- or post-Conference seminar. Modules are offered on Wednesday, May 11, 2005 at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center. This offer is only valid for the test at the Conference.

ISM's most recent Membership Needs Survey clearly shows the value of certification. Overall annual compensation in the profession appears to be increasing and survey respondents holding the C.P.M. designation generally reported higher annual compensation than those without certification. Among respondents with C.P.M. certification, 73 percent reported annual compensation of $55,001 or more. Increased earnings and career advancements were also reported in higher salary ranges as well.

Register now to secure your desired exam testing sessions. Once a session is full, no additional candidates will be registered. Exam registrations are not confirmed until Conference registrants receive a confirmation letter from ISM Customer Service. Exam modules and testing times are listed online at www.ism.ws. Exam fees of $120 per module for ISM regular members and $160 per module for non-members will apply to attendees who do not register for the complete Conference or a two-day pre or post-Conference seminar. For additional information, contact ISM Customer Service at 800/888-6276, or 480/752-6276, extension 401. Information on ISM certification resources is available online at www.ism.ws/Certification.


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